Heri04
Contentious war cultural heritage

Convenors:
Jurij Fikfak (ZRC SAZU)
Miha Kozorog (ZRC SAZU)
Stream:
Heritage
Location:
KWZ 1.731
Start time:
29 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel aims to bring together case studies: - of war heritage, as it is made, transformed, or dissolved under the pressure of local, national, and international policies; - of reconciliation processes where "nations" formerly at odds join together in commemoration of suffering.

Long abstract:

The legacy of twentieth-century Europe is imbued with wars; memories of these wars in concrete, materialized impressions of war have regularly been transformed into heritage, largely in order to warn later generations about atrocities and thus make the world a better place. Yet—a century after the First World War I, seven decades after the Second World War, and twenty years after Srebrenica—the world does not seem to be a more peaceful place. Preservation of war heritage has certainly played an important role in peacekeeping policies, but nevertheless it has also been subject to local, national, and international policies without this agenda. Remembering war as humanity's fall is worthwhile in its own right; however, more often the memory is linked to other messages—for example, about the heroism of nations, international allies, a civilization's unity, and so on. Nowadays, heritage production and preservation must often also be economically justified, frequently in light of "projectization" of culture and (dark) tourism. The panel aims to bring together case studies: - of war heritage, as it is made, transformed, or dissolved under the pressure of local, national, and international policies; - of reconciliation processes where "nations" formerly at odds join together in commemoration of senseless suffering. Only through comparison of different (inter)national and historical contexts of war heritage production we can better reflect on the social role of such heritage, particularly on its role in peacemaking policies.